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Sitting off St. Peter’s Square next to the Vatican, the beautiful 19th-century palace would have commanded top dollar if it were a hotel, but Pope Francis had other ideas, so it has been converted into a homeless shelter.
The Palazzo Migliori, named after the family who donated it to the Roman Catholic Church, had served as the headquarters for an order of religious women, who vacated it last year.
The Calasanziane order, which occupied the building for 70 years and used it to help and care for young single mothers, has since relocated to another location.
One option was to turn the building into a hotel, as it’s just off St. Peter’s Square, where popes deliver sermons to thousands of worshippers. The location is also very popular with tourists, who pay hundreds of dollars to stay close to it.
But Francis had a very different idea of the kind of guests he wanted for this prime location — the poor and the homeless.
After the building was renovated in November, it opened its doors to the homeless.
“Beauty heals,” Francis said when he inaugurated the building at the time.
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